I started off 2012 with the goal to complete a half marathon. Prior to that the only races I had ever competed in were two 5ks and the Warrior Dash, so it was a pretty lofty goal. Well here we are in December, and not only did I complete a half marathon, but a full marathon, two 5ks, a 15k and a 4-mile race. That’s a total of 58.9 racing miles, on top of all my training runs for a girl that could barely run two miles at this time last year. Needless to say, I’m pretty encouraged by my progress. Here is a recap of my races in 2012:
Rite Cleveland Half Marathon May 20, 2012 Time: 2:08:17 Pace: 9:47/mile Age Group Place: 166/500
The Color Run Cleveland, Ohio June 23, 2012 Race Not Timed
Out Run Ovarian Cancer 5k Cleveland, Ohio August 18, 2012 Time: 24:30.4 Pace: 7:54/mile Age Group Place 18/135
This is a race that is very near and dear to my heart. My grandmother passed away from ovarian cancer when I was five years old, so it is important to me do to what I can to raise awareness of it and funds for it. There are many survivors that participate in the race or in the one-mile walk. It’s a somewhat emotional race, but is also well-run and a good race overall. I highly recommend it!
Nationwide Columbus Marathon October 21, 2012 Time: 4:25:14 Pace: 10:08/mile Age Group Place 199/433
You can read about my experience at the Columbus Marathon here
Hot Chocolate 15k Cleveland, Ohio November 18, 2012 Time: 1:29:08 Pace: 9:34/mile Age Group Place 109-306
You can read about my experience at the Hot Chocolate 15k here
Gennesaret Home Run for the Homeless (3.8 miles) Akron, Ohio November 22, 2012 Time: 34:50 Pace 9:10/mile Age Group Place: 27/132
You can read about my experience at the Home Run for the Homeless here
All in all I’d say I’m pretty content with how I did in these races, but of course there is room for improvement. Some of my 2013 goals will be running- and race-related, but I will get to those in another post!
- Did any of you run any good races this year? What is a “must run” race I should try?